Plastic Surgeon Near Vancouver, WA Treating More Post-Weight-Loss Patients

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Vancouver and Olympia area plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Chung highlights a growing trend toward post-bariatric plastic surgery, and explains why liposuction and Portland area body lift can be so crucial to refine body shape after massive weight loss.

Weight loss may be the first and most important step for overweight women and men to change their lives, but for increasing numbers of people in Washington and Oregon, cosmetic surgery is an equally important part of their plans to take control of their appearance. Dr. Christopher Chung ( is a board-certified plastic surgeon near Vancouver, WA specializing in body contouring surgeries like post-weight-loss liposuction. From Portland, Oregon to Olympia, Washington, more people are coming to his practice and taking advantage of new developments in bariatric and cosmetic surgery to achieve their goals.

"In just the past few years, bariatric surgery has opened up plenty of new options for patients," says Dr. Chung. "At the same time, several advances in cosmetic surgery have been made to address the typical problems that appear after bariatric surgery. I am seeing many more post-bariatric patients today, and I am also able to offer them newer approaches that meet their needs more completely. "

While post weight loss patients tend to enjoy dramatically better health after weight loss, rapid weight loss can often leave behind overstretched skin and muscles as well as new, isolated pockets of fat. Partly because these problems appear in different areas depending on factors like age and genetics, Dr. Chung says that for post weight loss patients, a "standard" approach to procedures like body lift and liposuction in Portland is not enough to correct these problems effectively.

"Obesity and weight loss both affect the whole body, so it makes sense that post weight loss cosmetic surgery needs to address all the factors that contribute to body shape problems after weight loss, at the same time," explains Dr. Chung. "For younger patients and in special cases, multiple procedures may not be necessary, but in my experience most patients will need to combine liposuction with tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) or body lifts to achieve their goals."

Vancouver, WA area plastic surgeon Dr. Chung sees an especially high number of post-bariatric patients through his affiliation with other plastic and bariatric surgeons, along with his professional presentations and seminars providing information to other doctors and potential patients. In particular, he has gained recognition for his "three-dimensional" approach to body contouring that integrates techniques from different procedures to create results that complement the patient's entire body shape more precisely.

"Regardless of the method of weight loss, the goal for post-bariatric procedures is always to achieve a shape that looks more pleasing and feels more comfortable," Dr. Chung adds. "For many patients, plastic surgery is an important final step to help them achieve a shape they can be proud of."

Dr. Christopher Chung ( is a board-certified Olympia, WA area plastic surgeon serving patients from all over Washington state as well as Portland, Oregon. Specializing in liposuction and other body and breast enhancement procedures, Dr. Chung is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and spent many successful years as a Los Angeles plastic surgeon before relocating to Washington. Dr. Chung earned his MD from the University of San Francisco before receiving extensive training through 8 years of postdoctoral training. He has earned congressional recognition for his ethical approaches, and frequently instructs other plastic surgeons in the latest body contouring procedures.

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